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What to Serve with Hot Dogs? 10 BEST Side Dishes

Hot dogs are a classic. They’re the star of summer barbecues and a must-have at baseball games.

We could eat them daily, honestly. The only thing better than a hot dog is a hot dog with the perfect side dish. We’re talking about those extra treats that complete the meal.

What’s a hot dog without some crunchy coleslaw or tangy pickles? These sides make hot dogs even better.

So, let’s break down the best sides to serve. Get ready to discover our must-haves. Ready for some tasty ideas?

Top 10 Side Dishes for Hot Dogs

Here are the top 10 side dishes that will take your hot dog game to the next level:

Side DishMain IngredientsFlavorDifficultyTime
Baked BeansBeans, tomato sauce, brown sugarSweet, savoryEasy30 min
ColeslawCabbage, carrots, mayo, vinegarCreamy, tangyEasy15 min
Potato SaladPotatoes, mayo, mustard, eggsCreamy, tangyModerate1 hr
Macaroni SaladPasta, veggies, mayo, vinegarCreamy, tangyEasy30 min
ChiliGround beef, beans, tomatoes, spicesSpicy, savoryModerate1 hr
SauerkrautCabbage, vinegar, saltSour, savoryEasy10 min
Corn on the CobCorn, butter, saltSweet, savoryEasy15 min
Deviled EggsHard-boiled eggs, mayo, mustard, paprikaCreamy, tangyEasy30 min
Baked Tater TotsPotatoes, oil, saltCrispy, savoryEasy25 min
Fruit SaladMixed fruits, honey, mintSweet, refreshingEasy20 min

1 – Baked Beans

Baked beans are a barbecue classic, and we all know why. They’re sweet, tangy, and packed with flavor. We love using navy beans simmered in a rich sauce of brown sugar, molasses, and bacon.

The smoky and sweet combo is off the charts.

Pro tip: Try adding a hint of mustard for a slight kick. Perfect comfort food, right?

2 – Coleslaw

We love coleslaw for its crunchy texture and cool, refreshing taste. Made from shredded cabbage and carrots, mixed with a tangy dressing. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and sour that gives a nice kick. Add a bit of apple cider vinegar and sugar for that extra zing.

Our favorite? A creamy coleslaw with mayo, sour cream, and a touch of mustard. It’s a staple for our hot dogs.

3 – Potato Salad

Potato salad, we all love it. Creamy potatoes, tangy mayonnaise, and the crunch of celery. It’s like a hug in a bowl. We prefer it with a dash of mustard and a sprinkle of paprika.

Our recipe tips: red potatoes for a firmer texture and dill pickles for an extra zing. Best served chilled on a hot day. Plus, it’s got that nostalgic vibe, like picnics from our childhood.

4 – Macaroni Salad

Alright, let’s talk macaroni salad. We love the creamy texture and the way it perfectly complements a hot dog. Fresh pasta, mixed veggies, and a tangy dressing make it a summer favorite. Our go-to ingredients? Elbow macaroni, mayo, mustard, vinegar, celery, and sweet pickles for a little crunch.

The flavor profile is a blend of creamy, tangy, and a bit sweet. We prefer adding a little onion for an extra bite and a sprinkle of dill for a fresh taste. Perfect for summer picnics or any day ending in “Y.”

5 – Chili con Carne

Chili con carne is our spicy love affair. The savory mix of ground beef, tomatoes, and beans gets our mouths watering every time. We jazz it up with onions, bell peppers, and a blend of spices.

The smoky cumin and spicy chili powder give it that deep, rich flavor. A dash of hot sauce kicks up the heat. We like adding a squeeze of lime for a fresh twist.

6 – Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is one of our top faves for hot dogs. It’s tangy, crunchy, and adds a fantastic zing. We love that fermentation gives it a unique sourness.

Ingredients are simple: shredded cabbage, salt, and time for fermentation. It’s rich in probiotics too. The flavor? A perfect mix of sour and salty. We always keep it around for our hot dog nights. Pro tip: add caraway seeds for an extra kick.

7 – Corn on the Cob

Oh man, corn on the cob is like summer in your mouth. We love it for its perfect balance of sweet and crunchy. Slather it with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and you’re in for a treat.

Our hack: add a squeeze of lime and a dusting of chili powder for a zingy twist. Fresh corn on the cob steals the show every time.

8 – Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a party favorite. They’re creamy, tangy, and just the right size for snacking.

Ingredients include hard-boiled eggs, mayo, mustard, vinegar, and a sprinkle of paprika. We also add a touch of relish for sweetness.

Our version has that perfect balance of smooth and tangy. We love the bite of the mustard and the slight crunch from the relish.

9 – Baked Tater Tots

Tater tots are our crispy, golden nuggets of joy. Bite-sized and crunchy outside, fluffy inside, they’re comfort food perfection. We layer them just right and bake until golden-brown.

Ingredients? Shredded potatoes, salt, pepper, a hint of garlic powder. Key tip: bake them for extra crunch, no frying needed. We like them with ketchup or ranch for dipping. A personal fave for any casual meal.

10 – Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a burst of freshness on our plates. We mix a variety of fruits like berries, melons, grapes, and citrus.

The flavors are sweet, tart, and juicy. The colors pop, making it look appetizing.

Our tip: Add a hint of mint for extra zing. We love how the fruits’ natural sweetness is balanced by a squeeze of lime.

Fruit salad is always a bright, healthy side.